Despite seemingly constant turnover on the offensive side the of the ball, FAU wide receiver Kamrin Solomon’s focus to get his hands on the ball hasn’t changed.
“Every day learning the offense gets easier and easier.” says Solomon.
The Owls have employed three different offensive coordinators and stand to begin the season with their third different quarterback over a three-year span. Solomon argues that there’s more freedom in the offense, it gives players a chance to think for themselves and position themselves where they need to be.
Solomon nearly made the play of the year for the Owls last season when he caught Jason Driskel’s Hail Mary pass in the end zone as time expired against the Charlotte 49ers, but it was reviewed and ruled out of bounds.
That near catch proved symbolic of FAU’s frustrations over the past three seasons. More often than not victory was within reach but all too often the Owls let wins slip away, leading to three consecutive 3-9 records and the firing of coach Charlie Partridge.
As a true freshman, Solomon spent most of his time on special teams. The 22 catches he made as a sophomore in 2015 included a 94-yard touchdown, and he appeared primed for a breakout in 2016.
Instead he regressed, catching only 12 passes for 69 yards. He did not find the end zone.
Solomon says he thrives off of new opportunities and, after spending part of last season in Partridge’s doghouse, he welcomes the clean slate that comes with the new coaching staff.
“If I want it, I’m gonna go get it.” says Solomon.
Solomon’s athleticism caught the attention of first-year coach Lane Kiffin early on. It took all of three practices for Kiffin to single out Solomon as the offensive MVP of that day.
At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds Solomon has enough speed to line up wide, but his overall athleticism leads Kiffin to believe he’ll likely line up primarily in the slot this season. He’ll also continue to contribute on special teams, though not necessarily as a returner.